Negative-electron-affinity effects on the diamond (100) surface

J. Van Der Weide, Z. Zhang, P. K. Baumann, M. G. Wensell, J. Bernholc, R. J. Nemanich

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A negative electron affinity (NEA) was found both experimentally by photoemission spectroscopy and theoretically by ab initio calculations for the 2×1 reconstructed diamond (100) surface. This surface is the dominant growth surface for thin diamond films and can be obtained by chemical-vapor deposition. Various surface-preparation methods which result in a NEA are described. Theoretical results indicate that the observed NEA is associated with a monohydride-terminated surface, while the hydrogen-free surface exhibits a positive electron affinity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5803-5806
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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